Fall 2012

Sustainability in Action  

Wednesday, September 19

Harvest Festival
4:00-6:30 p.m. Hill facing South Mandelle  

Food, music, arts and crafts! Come celebrate the autumn harvest with us. Music provided by our own MHC Bluegrass Band: Professors Ballentine, Farnham, and Lipman. 


September 20

 Subhankar Banerjee
Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point 
7:00 p.m. Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Lab 

Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born American photographer, writer, educator, and activist. Subhankar will read from his most recent work Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Topping Point. In this anthology, Banerjee brings together first person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource wars, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research. 

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop and Seven Stories Press 


Thursday, October 25

Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecuture
Robin Mann
Empowerment to the People: The Evolution of the Environmental Movement
7:30 p.m., Art Buildling, Gamble Auditorium

Robin Mann is an environmentalist who recently served as the Sierra Club’s national president. Under her direction, the Sierra club helped strengthen protections for wetlands and clean water in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, fighting back assaults on the Clean Water Act. In her talk, Mann will discuss the direction of the modern environmental movement and reflect upon her experience as president of one of the most powerful environmental organizations in the country.   


Thursday, October 18

Rebuild the Dream
Mahar Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Van Jones is a globally recognized pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy. In 2009 he served as the green jobs advisor to the Obama administration and currently champions smart solutions to create pathways out of poverty and rebuild America’s middle class. His latest book, Rebuild the dream, explains how the “hope” bubble burst, and how we, the people, can renew the American dream. 


Thursday, November 15

Kristen Iversen 
Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
7:00 p.m., The Odyssey Bookshop

Kristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado near the rocky flats nuclear weaponry facility and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. She is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing up tin the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, on which several documentary have been based on Iversen is also the author of a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. 

Sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop


Tuesday, December 4

Careers and Choices in Environmental Studies
Recent Alumnae Panel
4:30 p.m., Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

Come listen to a panel of recent alums who will discuss their experiences immediately following graduation to where they are now. This panel will offer students insights on the post-MHC journey and life's insights along the way. 

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Environmental Studies 


Spring 2013 

Thursday, February 14

Sandy Rosenthal '79 
“How a Grassroots Campaign Humbled the Army Corps of Engineers”
4:30 p.m., Kendade Hall Room 305

Sandy Rosenthal is the founder of Levees.org, an environmental organization inspired by the flooding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina with a mission of education on why the New Orleans region flooded so catastrophically. With nearly 25,000 supported and chapters in five states, the group’s goal is an independent federal investigation of the flood protection failures, and the decision making that caused them. Ever since the devastating levee failures, Sandy has worked non-stop to ensure that the prevailing narrative portrays the event as due to the negligent acts of man, not the fury of Mother Nature. Sandy will visit classes and then speak about her experience as the executive director of other advocacy non-profit. She is also named one of Mount Holyoke’s Women of Influence as part of the College’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. 


Saturday, March 9

Mary Robinson 
Looking at Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue
3:00 p.m. Chapin Auditorium 

 As former president of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and current CEO of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, Robinson will speak on the imperative of framing climate change as a human rights issue. She continues to secure global justice for the most marginalized populations who are also the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Following her lecture, Robinson will sign copies of Everybody Matters: My life giving voice. 

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop, Mount Holyoke College Office of the President, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Weissman Center for leadership and the Liberal  Arts, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center


Wednesday, March 27

Eric Toensmeier
Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One Tenth of an Acre, and the making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
7:00 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains he principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and of course, the adventures, mistakes , and many do-overs in the process. Eric Toensmeir has studied and practice permaculture since 1990. He is the author of Perennial Vegetables and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens.

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop


Wednesday, April 17

Judy Wicks
Founder of White Dog Café 
7:00 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Art Building  

Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Judy’s new book Good Morning, beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world – helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people, nature, and places more than money. 

Co-sponsored by: The Odyssey Bookshop and Pioneer Valley Local First 


Friday, April 26

Pangy Day
Skinner Green
It’s Pangy Day once again! Come join us for a MHC community Picnic, lively performances, and an afternoon of Art, Flowers, Games, Snacks, Music, and Festivities. PLUS: hoola hoop and juggling instructions, Locks of Love Hair Cuts, Mega Free Bin, Parachute Play, Recycled Bottle Art, Painting, Die Dying, Origami and More!